We arrived in Orewa during a storm. We were disappointed until our hosts, Dave and Lindley, helped us to think about alternative plans. After finding out our interests - hiking and beaches, they sent us to two great locations: Shakespear Park and Murawai (on the west coast). Both were great. They were such helpful hosts in many other ways , honoring our every request i.e. duck tape to repair a broken suitcase and asking for any special food needs. After finding out what we liked to eat they filled our frig with food - fresh fruit, bread, yogurt.... One day they even lent us their bicycles so that we can take a bike trip around an local estuary. The accommodation was large and spacious and there was good wifi.
You get what you pay for, and then some. A really nice, well thought out space, fantastic large courtyard, a few steps from the beach, that is what you've paid for. The 'And then some' is a nicely stocked fridge, fresh free range eggs in the kitchen, fresh bread, a good bowel of fruit, nice bathrobes, bath towels and beach towels etc.
For us the owners went above and beyond, we booked for two nights (fri, sat) but very bad weather stopped us from going on the Friday, as no one was in on the Sunday they offered us that night if we wanted it - just shows you what kind of people they are!